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More than a third of scots worried about being able to afford the basics for their children over the school holidays

Sean Haddick, Staff member Isaac Sibanda, Oli Elson, and George Hunt enjoying table football

New research published today (Friday August 16) reveals that many Scots could have found their finances stretched to breaking point over the school holidays this summer, with 35 per cent of Scots parents of children aged 16 or under worrying about being able to afford the basics, such as the increased costs of meals, clothing and keeping their children occupied in the holiday weeks.

Meanwhile, 39 per cent of Brits won’t be able afford to take their children on a week-long break in the UK or abroad this year, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by The Salvation Army. The church and charity gives hundreds of disadvantaged children aged eight and over a holiday every year at summer camps.

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In the North of Scotland, The Salvation Army runs an annual week-long adventure camp for many youngsters who might otherwise be stuck at home this summer.


Major Denis Lomax, Divisional Commander, said: “This survey illustrates the difficulties facing so many parents. Our camps are designed to support families and be safe environments where children can develop their confidence and independence.

Students taking part in sports day wheelbarrow race

“Nowadays, face-to-face interaction among young people is reducing all the time but these camps get kids to interact as a community.”

Rebekah Clark and Tamara Gray at the waterfight

Notes to Editors: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4,263 adults of which 355 were from Scotland. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th - 12th August 2013.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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